The website of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has just appeared, in advance of the official commencement of the Commissioner, Professor John McMillan AO, on 1 November.
The role of the OAIC will be to manage:
- freedom of information functions, in particular, oversight of the operation of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and review of decisions made by agencies and ministers under that Act (see the Freedom of information section)
- privacy functions, conferred by the Privacy Act 1988 (see the Privacy section) and other laws
- government information policy functions, conferred on the Australian Information Commissioner under the Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010 (see the Information policy ).
The last policy management area is one which will be well worth watching. The moves towards increasing openness and transparency, instituting Gov2.0 and improving IP policy in the public service is setting a great agenda for good governance.